Local Eats: Desnuda Brings South American Flavor to Williamsburg

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(Photo: Ceviche de Salmon, Desnuda)

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About a year ago, Desnuda in the East Village announced that they would be following in the footsteps of many Manhattan concept restaurants, and opening up shop in Brooklyn. Although a year felt too long for those anxiously awaiting specialty ceviches, the location in Williamsburg (at South 1st Street and Roebling) has finally opened its doors.

Compared to their much smaller East Village digs, Desnuda in WillyB has 40 plus seats, and even an outdoor garden, just in time for Spring and Summer (and fantasizing about being on a warm coast somewhere). The cevicheria has some of the most unique and extensive ceviche menus around, like the Ceviche de Langosta (Maine lobster marinated in coconut, lime and orange juice) and Tiradito De Vieras (Sea scallops seared in soy citrus glaze with avocado balls!) Perhaps most excitingly, Desnuda is offering their gravity bong smoked oysters, we kid you not, all night for $1 on Sundays and Mondays, and 6-8:00 pm every other day.

In addition to the incredible eats, the list of dranks- hand crafted by mixologists Frank Cisneros and Tom Chadwick – includes the best spirits and wines from South America, Spain, and Mexico, including pisco, cacha├ža, rum, mezcal, and tequila. You can either have them straight, or if you dare, in a cocktail like The Reformer, which includes Moruga Scorpion chiles, you know, known as one of the hottest peppers in the world.

After looking at that intimate ambience, ceviche list and amazing cocktail concoctions, we think you will probably leave this place desnuda, in more ways than one.

221 S. 1st Street (at Roebling)